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Last weekend, I took my family in my 325i Touring to South Lake Tahoe for the weekend. It was my first chance to test the wagon out in terms of space, power and handling.

The amount of gear I needed to lug was substancial now that I think about it. The list includes 4 bikes, a bike trailer, a stroller and a play pen! Not to mention 3 duffle bags and a few baby bags! The 4 bikes fit on the Yakima rack with no issues.. I may have been able to fit one more. The rest of the gear fit in the cargo area without issue.. well some of the misc. stuff wound up in the back seat as there was just the 3 of us. The compartment undernear the cargo and spare was used too.

Here's a photo of the wagon all loaded. The PSS springs handled the extra load well. The car only dropped about 1/2" to 3/4".

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Power wise I wasn't expected too much from the 2.5L. With the load load, wind drag from the bikes and altitude, this was quite a load on the motor. To my surprise, it actually handled the load quite well. I was able to pass as needed.. of course just basic SUV's and cars. But thinking back, I don't think anyone passed me in the passing zones(~45 miles before S. Lake Tahoe, Hwy. 50 is a single with passing zones).

Handling wise, the PSS, CSL VB3's and Goodyear GSD3's did very well. Traffic was too dense on the way up to open it up but on the way back, I had the chance to. Considering I had +100lbs on the roof and car full of gear, the E46 took it in stride. It was funny how a Chevy Suburban was trying very hard to stay in front of me. He was all over the road trying to go faster. What is it with big trucks/SUV's? I notice, a lot of them always tailgate and set the pace! Even in the passing zone, he was trying to accelerate to stay in front.

Thought I share that with fellow E46's.. so far, I'm very impressed with the E46 family.. first the E46 M3 and now the wagon.

Only thing I wished it had was maybe 50 extra ponies? but 333 would be even nicer! Besides Rogue, anyone know of any shops in the Bay Area that does S54 transplants? :)

Here's a few photos I took while I was up there.. the weather was perfect on Sunday. It was still smokey on Sat. Fallen Leaf Lake is gorgeous if you get a chance to head out there.. just 15 minutes from South Lake Tahoe.

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Tahoe is awesome and the drive up 50 is a lot of fun. My family has a house up there, so I try to go up as much as I can during the summer. If you're not in a rush the next time time you head up there, taking Mormon/Immigrant Trail, then 88 to 89 is a lot of fun. It adds about another 45 min to the drive, but the scenery and the road itself is worth it.
 

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That Touring looks great on the CSLs. My choice was a 325iT or my sedan. The T didn't have the sport package, and that spelled its doom. Still...
 

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Tahoe is awesome and the drive up 50 is a lot of fun. My family has a house up there, so I try to go up as much as I can during the summer. If you're not in a rush the next time time you head up there, taking Mormon/Immigrant Trail, then 88 to 89 is a lot of fun. It adds about another 45 min to the drive, but the scenery and the road itself is worth it.
Thanks for the route.. I might just do that next time. I didn't mention the other reason why we were in a rush coming back.. this was our babies first long road trip. We were trying to fit the driving schedule with her nap times so she won't get too tired and fussy.. so being adventurous this time around wasn't part of the plan...

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; That Touring looks great on the CSLs. My choice was a 325iT or my sedan. The T didn't have the sport package, and that spelled its doom. Still...
I was very lucky to find my touring, it was almost perfect. It had all the key factory options; sport package, manual tranny and Bi-xenons. I just about gave up and debated about just getting one without the sport package. Changing out the factory suspension is easily enough, but the interiors can get quite expensive. The 5 speed is a must. If only it has the 330i motor!
 

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so does anyone know of a place for that S54 TRANSPLANT....i would be interested...within the next year
 

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Going in two weeks... wish I had my car with me though. We are flying in.

Great looking car!
 

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Half the fun is the drive up! Weather should be great and the smell of smoke should be all gone by then.
Where did you stay? We will be at Eagles Nest up the mountain a bit...

I am really looking forward to the downtime. Maybe one year we will take two weeks off and drive up and back just to have a road trip for a change. That is not just in Texas I should say. I think we have our own road made between San Antonio and East Texas from Dallas now. :D
 

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Sweet Touring!

I made a run up to Alpine Meadows back in April pre springs/struts, etc and Hwy 80 was chewed up horribly and the ride was very rough and I can't imagine making it up there now in winter or spring on my PS2's and new suspension and there is now way to fit chains on it anymore. Oh well, looks like a FWD rental Vibe or something will be my ski trip mobile now.
 

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Where did you stay? We will be at Eagles Nest up the mountain a bit...

I am really looking forward to the downtime. Maybe one year we will take two weeks off and drive up and back just to have a road trip for a change. That is not just in Texas I should say. I think we have our own road made between San Antonio and East Texas from Dallas now. :D
We stayed in the Keys in South Tahoe.
 

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Here's a panaramic photo I took from the dock.

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Sweet Touring!

I made a run up to Alpine Meadows back in April pre springs/struts, etc and Hwy 80 was chewed up horribly and the ride was very rough and I can't imagine making it up there now in winter or spring on my PS2's and new suspension and there is now way to fit chains on it anymore. Oh well, looks like a FWD rental Vibe or something will be my ski trip mobile now.
I'll leave the winter for our SUV to handle.. anyone with lowered rides even try to put snow chains/cables on?
 
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